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Dr. Christopher Katz Receives Veterinarian of the Year Award

Vet-of-the-yearThe Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) awarded Christopher Katz, DVM, MRCVS, of Two Rivers, the WVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award at its 98th Annual Convention on Friday, Oct. 11.

Keith Philppi, president of the Lakeshore Humane Society has work and served with Dr. Katz on the Lakeshore Humane Society Board of Directors.

"Chris has consistently demonstrated his professionalism in dealing with veterinarians, contractors, members, animal care personnel and employees," says Philippi "Chris is able to put aside his personal feelings and make decisions on what is best for the animals and the mission of Lakeshore Humane Society."

Dr. Katz graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He currently owns and practices at Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital as a small animal practitioner. Dr. Katz is also the medical director at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Manitowoc.

Outside of the WVMA, Dr. Katz has volunteered his service to the Lakeshore Human Society, Wildlife of Wisconsin, the Free Roaming Feline Program and the Manitowoc Sherriff's Department K-9 Unit for over thirty years.

"Dr. Katz has demonstrated many times that he is not in the business strictly for the money. He has donated veterinary services for the Sherriff's Department K-9 program for 34 years and provided medical services to injured wildlife and other hardship cases without guarantee that he would ever be compensated for those services," says Thomas Kocourek, a retired Manitowoc County Sherriff. 

Working with wildlife if one of Dr. Katz's areas of interest. Having completed research on black bears in Wisconsin and lecturing at several universities, many see him as a wildlife expert.

"Dr. Katz has mentored many students in his practice which always means he has a longer day in the office. He does this with a smile and is glad to give back to his profession," says Drs. Samual Vainisi and Gretchen Schmidt of Eaton Highland Farm, a deer farm located in Denmark.

"Dr. Katz's professional life is the example we all aspire to be and do," they continue.

Dr. Katz practices at Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital and resides in the same town with his wife, Shelley.


Dr. Jane Clark Begins Term as Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association President Elect

Dr. Clark will serve as WVMA President Elect for one year before assuming the presidency in 2014.

Dr. Clark graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and has been a WVMA member since. Currently, Dr. Clark is the faculty instructor for the veterinary technician program at Madison College.

Her vision for the WVMA is “to increase participation by our associate WVMA members, ‘To advocate and promote veterinary medicine, while enriching human and animal health.’” Dr. Clark hopes to encourage members to be actively involved in the WVMA no matter how big or small their contribution to aid their profession in progressing into the future is.

Within the WVMA, she serves as a consultant to WVMA committee members regarding veterinary technician education and essential skill training as required by the AVMA. She was elected to the WVMA Executive Board in October of 2011 and served as the District 5 Representative until 2013. Outside of the WVMA, Dr. Clark is active in the AVMA, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Association of Veterinary Technician Educators and the Dane County VMA. 

Executive Board Members, Dr. Robert Zukowski and Dr. Jane Clark, Complete Terms


Robert Zukowski, DVM completed a four-year term serving on the WVMA Executive Board. 

Dr. Robert Zukowski represented District 9, which is comprised of Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Taylor, Marathon, Portage, Wood, Waushara, Adams and Marquette counties. Dr. Zukowski practices large animal medicine at Marshfield Veterinary Service in Marshfield, Wis. He received his DVM from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

The WVMA thanks Dr. Zukowski and Dr. Jane Clark for their dedication to organized veterinary medicine in Wisconsin.

Seven WVMA Member Awarded 50 Year Awards


Dr. James Dougherty

Dr. Richard Faulkner

Dr. Lyle Hart (pictured with his wife, Ruth)

Dr. Orlin Herrild

Dr. Charles Mayer

Dr. Roger Meads

Dr. Roderick Zachary

Kim Brown Pokorny Awarded WVMA Friend of Veterinary Medicine Award

Friend-of-WVMAOver the past five years, as WVMA’s executive director, Brown Pokorny has played a crucial role in the advancement of veterinary medicine in Wisconsin. When the office receives inquiries on everything from veterinary medicine to legal to accounting to records and more, she will find the answer. She provides veterinary medicine’s perspective at numerous meetings across the state and nation, and is continually looking for ways to improve the profession. 

Brown Pokorny played a vital role in veterinarian’s receiving an exemption from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, saving Wisconsin veterinarian’s over $7 million per year in extra resources and lost revenue. In addition, she has been a voice for public health, working to keep the sale of raw milk illegal. In 2012 she saw the need and helped establish the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation.

“Kim is a tireless champion for the entire veterinary medicine community, including the WVMA, Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association (WTVA) and the Wisconsin Practice Managers Association (WVPMA),” says Lyn Schuh, WVPMA Convention and Marketing Committee. She is a master of communications and if there is ever a problem or concern, Kim is on it.”

Brown Pokorny has been a fundamental member in creating and executing a multi-faceted, multi-phase program to address proper drug use on farms, called What Matters – veterinarians and producers working together to ensure save meat and milk. However, one of the most important aspects of this program is the full-day trainings for the veterinarian-producer team on the WVMA HACCP For Proper Drug Use which emphasizes and strengthens the importance of a valid, working veterinary-client-patient relationship, which Pokorny organizes and attends to help in answering questions. 

Brown Pokorny resides in Waupun with her husband Doyle and their three children, Dylon, Katrina and Cameron.

Dr. Philip Johnson and Dr. James Kazmierczak Awarded WVMA Meritorious Award

The Meritorious Service Award is given to veterinarians in recognition of their service, commitment, and contributions specifically to the WVMA and organized veterinary medicine. Two veterinarians were selected as recipients. Dr. Philip Johnson was nominated for his years of commitment to the WVMA and organized veterinary medicine.

Meritorious-AwardSince joining, Dr. Johnson has been an active member of the WVMA. He has served on the Legislative Committee, as the District 3 representative on the Executive Board, been a member of the Executive and Personnel Committees and was president in 2010.

As a member of the Executive Board, he pushed for required veterinary continuing education. Dr. Johnson believes this keeps the profession moving forward in the life long education process. This requirement has increased attendance at local and state meetings offering continuing education across the state.

Dr. Johnson practices small animal medicine at Omro Animal Hospital and reside in Winneconne with his wife, Molly.Meritorious-Award-2

Since joining in the WVMA, Dr. James Kazmierczak has been an active member of the WVMA Public Health and Food Safety Committee.

As a member of the committee, he has been a knowledgeable source for all matters related to zoonotic diseases. Joining the committee in 2001, Dr. Kazmierczak has always been willing to provide additional information and/or create educational material.

Dr. Kazmierczak is the State Public Health Veterinarian with the Wisconsin Division of Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease and Emergency Response along with being an adjunct professor at UW-Madison Department of Population Health Sciences in the School of Medicine and Public Health and in the Department of Pathological Science at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

 Representative Dean Knudson, DVM Awarded WVMA Presidential Award

Presidential-AwardState Representative Dr. Dean Knudson of Hudson was awarded the President's Award. The President's Award is given by the outgoing president to a person or company who, in the opinion of the president, has provided extraordinary service to the WVMA.

During the past two years, Rep. Knudson has been a vital liaison between the WVMA, Wisconsin veterinarians and our state government. As a practicing veterinarian and state assemblyman, he has served as not only a voice for the people of the 30th Assembly district, but also brings a combination of practical veterinary medicine and small business experience to Madison that only a veterinarian can. His work and leadership in promoting and obtaining the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program repeal for veterinarians was critical for the WVMA's success. Rep. Knudson is a vital ally to Wisconsin veterinarians on issues affecting the profession and small businesses in general.

Dr. Knudson is a graduate of Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine and now practices in Hudson. He is married, with two children and was first elected to the state assembly in 2010 and re-elected in 2012.

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